Senior Amigo Wins Premiere Stakes on Opening Night at Lone Star; Betting Up 16% From 2005

(April 14, 2006) - Senor Amigo, trained by Steve Asmussen, rolled to a front-running four-length win over Andanight in Thursday's $50,000 Premiere Stakes, the opening night feature at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie's 66-date Spring Thoroughbred Season.

Senor Amigo, ridden by Glen Murphy and carrying 116 pounds, covered the one mile in 1:37.38 and paid $11.80, $6.20 and $5. Anadnight returned $14 and $6.80. Lightsnatcher was third and paid $4.20. Corpus Sand, the 5-2 betting choice in the field of 11, finished a non-threatening seventh.

The win was the fourth in 17 lifetime starts for Senor Amigo and was worth $30,000 to owner William Howard, raising the career earnings of the 6-year-old Texas-bred son of Distorted Humor to $110,140. Thursday's victory was Senor Amigo's first career stakes win.

The victory came before a crowd of 8,715, which was a 1.3% increase over the 8,603 in attendance on opening night at Lone Star a year ago. Total handle jumped 16% to $3.2 million thanks to a $400,000 increase off-track. The big night fell just $14,000 short of the 2002 opening night handle record. On-track live betting for the 10-race card totaled $790,107, which was up 5.6% from a year ago.

Live racing at Lone Star Park continues Friday at 6:35 p.m. CT with a 10-race program. After the races around 11 p.m., country music artist Chris Cagle will perform live on a stage near the main track.

Saturday's 11-race program begins at 1:35 p.m. and features the $75,000 Irving Distaff, a 7 ½-furlong turf event for fillies and mares, and a post-race concert by two-time Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack. Jason Boland & The Stragglers are the special opening act at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Opening weekend concludes Sunday with a nine-race program at 1:35 p.m. Activities for the entire family include a 30,000 Easter Egg Hunt for children 10 and under.

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